The Texas Longhorns completed the 54-hole medal-play portion of the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship with a seven-under-par team score of 803, good enough for a third-place tie and the opportunity to play on as one of the top eight teams competing in another 54 holes of match play, beginning Friday, that will determine the national team champion. This is the second consecutive year the Longhorn men have advanced to match play.
While Texas plays on, the golf seasons for the teams from Oklahoma and Oklahoma State came to an end on Thursday, finishing 11th and in a tie for 14th, respectively, over the par-70, 7,320-yard track at the Capital City Club Crabapple Course in the outskirts of Atlanta, Ga.
California won the stroke-play portion of the tournament, and Georgia Tech finished second. Max Homa of Georgia Tech shot a four-under 66 on Thursday to finish as the individual medalist. Homa won by three strokes over the 36-hole leader, Jon Rahm of Arizona State.
The Sooners, who were making their 34 overall appearance in the NCAA Golf Championship, finished with a final-round score of 13-over 283 and a 54-hole score of 845, leaving them just three strokes back of the eighth-place team, which would have qualified them for the match-play portion of the Championship.
“Our guys gave it all they had, and it just didn’t work out for us” OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. The Sooners also finished 11th a year ago.
Oklahoma State was one of the biggest movers on the final day of the medal-play tournament, advancing 11 spots to 14th place.
“We kind of tried to carry a little bit more pride into our round today,” said OSU junior Ian Davis. Davis fired a closing-round 68 to finish eighth on the individual leaderboard in the 54-hole match-play rounds.
Texas, the four seed, meets Illinois on Friday in the first 18 holes under the three-day match-play format. Five individual matches constitute each of the team pairings.
“In match play, you are doing your own deal,” Texas senior Cody Gribble said. “You don’t have to play good – you can play decent and win. Emotion gets a little more involved, too.”